Nvidia Shield TV

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CES 2017 was full of new TVs from the likes of Sam­sung, Sony and LG but what about some cool prod­ucts to plug into them. Well Nvidia has a new ver­sion of its me­dia streamer – Shield TV.

De­sign

The new model of the Shield TV looks ba­si­cally iden­ti­cal to the orig­i­nal so you’d be for­given for con­fus­ing the two. It’s still black with a slightly an­gu­lar de­sign with the Nvidia green light­ing. As men­tioned above, the Pro model comes with a 500GB hard drive if you need it. Oth­er­wise, the

reg­u­lar Shield TV has 16GB and this time around does not have the SD up­grade op­tion which may an­noy some.

The big­gest news in terms of specs and fea­tures is that the Shield TV 2017 sup­port 4K HDR play­back which the firm was demon­strat­ing at CES. It looks fan­tas­ti­cally de­tailed and smooth, too. 4K HDR is sup­ported when stream­ing from Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video, but you can still stream Ul­tra HD from the likes of Google Play, and YouTube. This can all be done at 60fps.

In­side, things are pretty sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal Shield TV as the 2017 model is pow­ered by Nvidia’s own Te­gra X1 pro­ces­sor again. It’s 256-core CPU and the de­vice has 3GB of RAM to ac­com­pany it. Nvidia says the Shield TV is three times more pow­er­ful than any other on the mar­ket.

It cer­tainly ran smoothly dur­ing our hands-on time at CES, even when stream­ing 4K gam­ing from a PC. This is an­other fea­ture which will tempt gamers. Users can stream games in up to 4K HDR qual­ity (the orig­i­nal was lim­ited to 1080p) from their GTX-pow­ered PC rig us­ing Nvidia GameStream. We tried this with Ti­tan­fall 2 and ex­pe­ri­ences zero lag.

If you don’t hap­pen to have a beefy GTX rig in your pos­ses­sion then don’t worry be­cause Nvidia has a so­lu­tion for you. Us­ing GeForce Now, gamers can stream PC games from the cloud to the Shield TV with the power of Pas­cal.

Add to the list of fea­tures the fact that the new im­proved con­troller can be used with your PC as well as the Shield TV thanks to Blue­tooth – Nvidia says it has a 60+ hour bat­tery life. Both the gam­ing con­troller and remote have built-in mi­cro­phones

for voice search and in­ter­ac­tion. The new model is runs the An­droid 7.0 Nougat ver­sion of An­droid TV so you have ac­cess to a wealth of apps via the Play Store and there are plenty of other handy fea­tures. The Shield TV 2017 comes with Google Cast 4K built-in so you can eas­ily cast con­tent from de­vices like your smart­phone (An­droid or iOS) as if you had a Chrome­cast.

Google As­sis­tant and Spot

Sup­port for the Google As­sis­tant is ‘com­ing soon’ so you can in­ter­act with Google, ask­ing ques­tions and per­form­ing tasks like or­der­ing an Uber, switch­ing lights on or off and ad­just­ing a smart ther­mo­stat. Google also an­nounced the Spot (right), an ac­ces­sory for the Shield TV which some will find very use­ful. It’s a small and unas­sum­ing lit­tle

thing which plugs di­rectly into a power socket. It’s es­sen­tially an easy way of us­ing Google As­sis­tant any­where in the home thanks to its built-in mi­cro­phone and speaker.

Ver­dict

The Nvidia Shield TV is im­pres­sive. Users will ben­e­fit from the 4K HDR qual­ity and Google As­sis­tant will make it even more use­ful when it ar­rives. Whether ex­ist­ing own­ers need to up­grade is an­other mat­ter though. Chris Martin

Specifications

An­droid 7.0 Nougat (An­droid TV) Nvidia Te­gra X1 pro­ces­sor with a 256-core GPU 3GB RAM Up to 4K HDR play­back at 60fps 16GB and 500GB stor­age op­tions 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi Blue­tooth 4.1 LE 2x USB 3.0, Mi­cro-USB 2.0 210x130x25mm, 654g

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